Scripps National Spelling Bee's Eight Co-Champs 'Beat the Dictionary' -- and Spark Controversy

ESPN competition ends in historic eight-way tie for first place; celebs react (sorry, NBA Finals)


The Scripps National Spelling Bee was un-bee-lievable. The ESPN-televised marathon competition, held Thursday night in Washington D.C., and airing opposite the Game 1 of the NBA Finals, ended with eight children crowned co-champions. 

The kids "beat the dictionary," as ET Canada put it, with the so-called "octochamps" correctly spelling word after word after word, and forcing organizers to call it a night in Round 20. This turn of events marked the first time the spelling bee named more than two co-champs. Each of the eight winners will receive the promised $50,000 top prize from Scripps.  

ET CanadaCBS News and all have coverage of the spelling bee -- and the spelling-bee controversy.

Read on for more of the scoop:

" 'This would never happen at my bee. ... They need to use harder words. The words are available.' "

- CBS News

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